April 30

You shall not cheat one another, but you shall fear your God. Leviticus 25:17 NASB

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

Our sinful pride creeps in too often to cause us to think that we are better than someone else. On the opposite side we may feel or that someone else has life, things, whatever much better that we do, and we don’t deserve what has befallen us. Or, we may feel that we should have the best deal no matter what befalls another.

One can seem to have it all–wealth, power, fame, notoriety, etc. However, this is played out on such a person’s life, at the end of his or her life, others count in higher regard the good such a person did throughout a lifetime.

Lindsey Schmidt is a nursing student at Gustavus in St. Peter. She spent a month this winter in Tanzania among some of the poorest population learning of the peoples’ lives and their medical care. In her interesting presentation recounting her trip,  she told of the kindness and goodness of the people she met, of how they cared for one another, of how welcoming they were to the students, and of how giving and overworked the staffs were in the medical facilities. These were the important insights that she gained. Status among those she met didn’t matter. These people loved God and dedicated themselves to helping one another. They shared what they had and were most welcoming to the students. These are God’s children doing his work. What an inspiring example of the humility it takes to regard others as better than ones’ self.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for the guidance you have given us for how we should treat one another. You humbled yourself, even to death on the cross. Help us to see others as you see each one of us, your children. Vanish our egos and help us to always offer gratitude even as we encourage others.

Florence Smallfield